A Melbourne teenager Mohamed El Shazly has now a ray of hope generated for him after he became the first child in Australia to have an intestinal transplant. This has given him a second chance at life as he has spent much of his life inside the Royal Children's Hospital being fed through a tube.
The doctors now say that after the transplant he would be able to eat normally. There was a multifaceted surgery conducted by a team of 20 doctors to transplant the new liver, small bowel, pancreas and duodenum of Mohamed. The surgery took over 10 hours to be finished.
An Austin hospital surgeon, Professor Bob Jones, led the team of 20 surgeons and is also the person who conducted Australia’s first adult intestinal transplant in 2010. Mohammed was born with a rare condition of Hirschsprung's disease, which blocks the large intestine. Over the time it became worse due to which he had to be fed through tube after the whole intestine failed.
The Royal Children’s Hospital confirmed that the boy is recovering. He has endured the operation pretty well and is on a path of living the rest of his life as a normal boy, but to get there he still has a challenging journey ahead.
Although the surgery has gone perfectly, there is still a minute chance that his body might reject the new organs. There also the possibility of infection. Intestinal surgery is pretty cumbersome as the parts have to be of similar size as a lot of complications can arrive. There has to be a continuous monitor of his condition for some time and a high level care I needed before anyone could declare that the surgery conducted in a total success.
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